Pesto & Almond Crusted Salmon

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If you weren’t aware, today is National Almond Day so of course I had to make this dinner. My Dad is in the almond business so I am definitely a frequent almond eater and I love them! I always have a box or two in my pantry and they always seize to make the perfect snack. Not to mention all of there amazing health benefits! This recipe is out of this world and is so simple to make even though it looks fancy. I topped my salmon on a bed of fresh spinach and it goes well with just about any salad. Have fun and make your own fancy dinner at home, ┬áto be honest I feel like making fancy or gourmet food can seem a little intimidating but I can promise you its not! Try this recipe and you will be amazed!

Yield: 2

Ingredients:
3 wild salmon fillets (6-7 ounces each)
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup Pesto (see my recipe to make it from scratch, don’t worry its easy!)
1/2 cup coarse chopped roasted almonds
1 fresh lemon

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a baking dish, sprinkle salmon fillets with olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Make sure the skin is faced down.

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2. Place salmon in oven for 10 minutes. Then take salmon out and spread pesto on with a spoon. Top with coarse chopped almonds and bake for another 15 minutes. Once done top with freshly squeezed lemon juice and enjoy this simply hearty and healthy meal!image

Banana Nut Bread Oatmeal

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Love banana nut bread? Try this healthy spin on an oatmeal!

Yield: 1-2 (depends on how hungry you are!)

Ingredients:
1 cup milk or almond milk (unsweetened, vanilla flavored)
1/2 cup oats
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp roasted walnuts
1 banana

Steps:
1. In a medium saucepan, add milk, oats, vanilla, cinnamon, brown sugar, and honey. Let simmer and stir constantly on medium heat for about 7 minutes. Then add in 1 tsp of walnuts and half of banana (you can slice or chop it). Continue stiring for another minute or 2 until oatmeal thickens. Top with rest of walnuts, sliced banana, drizzle of honey, and a dash of cinnamon. Done! Healthy and tastes just like banana nut bread!